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The Hills are Ablaze…With the Loss of Music

Several prominent musicians have lost their homes to the California wildfires.

Brogan McCuen College Media Network

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There are two things of which the state California has a surplus: Dry weather and famous musicians.

The current fires in California have ravaged over 130,00 acres of land as of Wednesday morning and claimed 50 lives, making it the most deadly wildfire incident in the state’s history. At least 265,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.

Among these evacuees is Miley Cyrus, who confirmed that she and fiancé Liam Hemsworth (along with their pets) lost their home to the fire.

Additionally, Kevin Parker of Tame Impala and Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit have posted photos and videos in honor of their fallen homes and sound equipment.

The Woolsey Fire in Malibu claimed Neil Young’s house, which is unfortunately not the first time he has lost a house in a wildfire.

The Woolsey Fire is 35% contained as of this writing, with full containment expected by November 18th.

While the fires have been devastating — and the grim search for survivors goes on — some of have found a lighter side to the tragedy: enjoy the rudimentary photoshopping skills of evacuee Fred Durst as well as this grin-and-bear it family DIY spa day shot from a displaced Flea.

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Brogan is a Seattle Pacific University graduate who majored in Creative Writing (with a creative non-fiction concentration) and minored in Music. She is also a karaoke host, a pole athlete, and the lead singer of a classic rock cover band. After working at an e-commerce record store for two years, she shifted her focus to incorporate her writing inclinations with her musical background (plus, her roommates were tired of hearing about the Dilla sample that Miike Snow used in "My Trigger"). Enter: CMN.

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